I’m not surprised this place closed down – it seemed like someone’s hobby rather than a real business; not open in the evening, limited menu and no alcohol licence.
The Yorkshire Pie & Mash Shop is themed around World War Two; a ration book is the menu, old songs are playing and various memorabilia around the room.
My first visit was just after they opened a few years ago. There was something we didn’t like, but I couldn’t remember what it was. I asked my son who was with me that time and he advised that the mash was like instant mash and there was a miserable waitress who served us. I decided to give the place another try and was pleasantly surprised.
A really friendly waiter welcomed us – my bill says he was called Rob. We ordered the following
- Steak & Ale Pie, mash and mushy peas £7.99
- Chicken, Leek & Ham Pie, mash and mushy peas £7.99
- Two pots of speciality teas £2.15 per pot
The tea was served in china teapots, together with china cups and saucers.
The pies were delicious, plenty of gravy and mash was proper mash.
Later I ventured upstairs to the toilet. The ceiling was really low, so much so that I had to stoop while there – but it was fine and added to the quaintness of the place. The room was clean and perfectly furnished – so much so I took a picture (below).
So everything was good. However, I’m surprised that they don’t utilise the restaurant more than they do; not open in the evenings, no alcohol licence, limited menu. It’s almost as if this is someone’s little retirement project rather than a commercial concern. I’m sure there would be a demand for an expanded dinner menu with wine and beer available.
I’d be happy to return for lunch next time I’m in Saltburn-by-the-Sea – and if they expand the operation I’d try dinner as well.
Yorkshire Pie & Mash Shop
1 Pearl Street, Saltburn-By-The-Sea
North Yorkshire, TS12 1DU
Note that the North Yorkshire address comes from the restaurant website – Saltburn is now part of the county of ‘Redcar and Cleveland’ – but I guess it was North Yorkshire during World War Two and the address also needs to match the name of the restaurant!
01287 625 929
Tuesday 11.00am – 6.00pm During the winter months: CLOSED
Wednesday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Friday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Last orders are taken at 5.00pm but you can stay past closing to finish meals.